Countdown to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic: 2 Days

The City of Philadelphia has a lot of symbols: the Ben Franklin Bridge, LOVE Park, City Hall, Cheesesteak Corner on the intersection of 9th and Passyunk, and the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But no symbol embodies the city like the Liberty Bell. While the original Liberty Bell sits inside the Liberty Bell Center near Independence Hall, at Citizens Bank Park, the Liberty Bell Home Run Spectacular is the symbol of the Home of the Phillies.

Located near the bullpens, the Liberty Bell Home Run Spectacular sits 102 feet above the park and lights up after every Phillies home run and win. The dimensions for the Bell is 52′ x 35′. The Bell has 22 stars that light up along with the outline (5 in the yoke, 16 in the waist, and 1 in the clapper). The Bell lights up in 3 colors: red, white, and blue. The Bell’s waist and the clapper move independently when lit.  Since 2010, every time the Phillies hit a home run, not only does the Bell light up, it’s followed by the playing of the signature home run call of the Voice of the Phillies, the late Harry Kalas: “…and this ball is OUTTA HERE!

Originally, the sound of the bell when the waist and clapper meet was the same sound used in the intro for AC/DC’s “Hells Bells.” This past season, the sound of the bell changed to the one used in the intro for Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” At this year’s Winter Classic, the Liberty Bell Home Run Spectacular will light up every time the Flyers score.

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